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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Hours after Trump struck a deal with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on the debt ceiling Trump invited Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who's up for reelection in her red state next year, to the stage with him in Bismarck, North Dakota. Most of his speech focused on cutting taxes and "getting the government out of the way." The highlights:

  • "We need a tax code that is simple, fair, and easy to understand, unlike what we have." Trump called out H&R Block and tax preparing services for how much money they make to illustrate that it's not easy for most Americans to file their taxes.
  • "We will cut the business tax rate as much as possible."
  • Trump wants to lower rates for middle income families: Trump said he is focused on "raising the standard deduction, increasing the child tax credit," and lowering taxes for the middle class. He added, "we are not going to allow" the estate tax "to crush the American Dream."

Bonus Trump:

  • Trump asked the audience whether they preferred the phrase "Made in America" or "Made in the U.S.A.", and when Made in the U.S.A. got a louder response, he seemed to settle on the latter.
  • On how everyone left the White House meeting on the debt ceiling today: "not too happy because you can never be too happy."
  • On healthcare: "Believe me we haven't given up on healthcare."

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Biden to sign 15 executive actions on Day One

President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 15 executive actions upon taking office Wednesday, immediately reversing key Trump administration policies.

Why it matters: The 15 actions — aimed at issues like climate change and immigration — mark more drastic immediate steps compared with the two day-one actions from Biden's four predecessors combined, according to incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

Off the Rails

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage, Alex Wong/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."

Big Tech's post-riot reckoning

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Capitol insurrection means the anti-tech talk in Washington is more likely to lead to action, since it's ever clearer that the attack was planned, at least in part, on social media.

Why it matters: The big platforms may have hoped they'd move to D.C.'s back burner, with the Hill focused on the Biden agenda and the pandemic out of control. But now, there'll be no escaping harsh scrutiny.